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pandemic

[pan-dem-ik] /pænˈdɛm ɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.
2.
general; universal:
pandemic fear of atomic war.
noun
3.
a pandemic disease.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Late Latin pandēm(us) < Greek pándēmos common, public (pan- pan- + dêm(os) the people + -os adj. suffix) + -ic
Related forms
pandemia
[pan-dee-mee-uh] /pænˈdi mi ə/ (Show IPA),
noun
pandemicity
[pan-duh-mis-i-tee] /ˌpæn dəˈmɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
interpandemic, adjective
Can be confused
endemic, epidemic, pandemic.
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British Dictionary definitions for pandemicity

pandemic

/pænˈdɛmɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a disease) affecting persons over a wide geographical area; extensively epidemic
noun
2.
a pandemic disease
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin pandēmus, from Greek pandēmos general, from pan- + demos the people
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Word Origin and History for pandemicity

pandemic

adj.

1660s, from Late Latin pandemus, from Greek pandemos "pertaining to all people; public, common," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + demos "people" (see demotic). Modeled on epidemic. The noun is first recorded 1853, from the adjective.

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pandemicity in Medicine

pandemic pan·dem·ic (pān-děm'ĭk)
adj.
Epidemic over a wide geographic area. n.
A pandemic disease.

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pandemicity in Science
pandemic
  (pān-děm'ĭk)   
An epidemic that spreads over a very wide area, such as an entire country or continent.
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pandemicity in Culture

pandemic definition


A widespread epidemic affecting a large part of the population.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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